The Goblin Shark The ugly sharkling

Flabby body and small fins, so it's sluggish in nature

Its long snout is covered with ampullae of Lorenzini that enable it to sense minute electric fields produced by nearby prey in the blackness of the deep sea, the difference is that this species has profoundly more dotted around its elongated snout .

Small eyes with fully functional irises that contract and dilate. This suggests that the shark hunts in shallower depths than previously thought

Its jaws are highly protrusible and can extend almost the full length of its elongated snout This effectively increases the predators reach.

The teeth of the goblin shark are long yet slender with smooth rounded blades to grasp small prey that has been eaten whole

The Goblin Shark poses no threat to humans considering the depths it lives in.

This shark is not targeted by any fisheries, but is occasionally found as by-catch in bottom gill-nets and trawls, hooked on long-lines, or entangled in fishing gear.

A few have been collected alive and brought to public aquariums, though they only survived a short time, the longest one lived in an aquarium was a week.

By Nick Roger and Daniel Mintz

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Nick Roger and Daniel Mintz

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